2 Days After Receiving Racist Note, New York Home of Black Volunteer Firefighter Set on Fire

© KHOU Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 11.55.29 PM
© KHOU Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 11.55.29 PM

A North Tonawanda, N.Y., volunteer firefighter who was threatened by a racist letter found in his mailbox Monday lost everything in a fire at his home Wednesday morning, WGRZ reports.

Kenneth Walker and his family are safe, however, two cats died in the fire damage, and the family lost all their possessions.

According to the report, it is not immediately clear how the fire started.

“I’m just shocked,” Kathy Carr, a local business owner, told the station. “The people in North Tonawanda would never do something like this, so I’ll find this interesting to see who the suspect is. I hope they prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

Tensions were already high after Walker, a volunteer firefighter in the city, received a hateful and threatening letter in his mailbox Monday, KHOU reports.

“[N–gers] are not allowed to be firefighters. No one wants you in this city,” the note read.

The letter then went on to threaten Walker, the city’s only black firefighter, to resign from his position or “you will regret it.”

The 28-year-old Walker was disturbed by the incident.

“It shocked me,” Walker said. “I didn’t think that type of thing went on nowadays.”

Walker was home with his wife and two young children at the time that the letter, which was not in an envelope, was left in the mailbox.

KHOU reports that the FBI is looking into the case, having received a copy of the note left at the residence.

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Source: The Root  |  Breanna Edwards